Type: Red Wine
Country: Australia
Region: South Australia
Code: IRVI205
An excellent example of Eden Valley Merlot. Layered complexity offered through integrated French oak maturation. Approachable now with mid-term cellaring potential.
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Irvine Wines

Spanning over 400 acres, Irvine Wines’ foundations were laid with the first shiraz plantings by the Miles Family in 1867. Their family owned vineyards are carefully nurtured by fourth generation vigneron Peter Miles and his highly experienced team. Their dedication to crafting exceptional wines is mirrored by their deep heritage in the Barossa region. The region is home to some of the world’s oldest Shiraz and Riesling vineyards and has long been associated with producing world-class expressions of these varieties. Irvine carefully select only the best fruit from each vineyard for their premium Barossa and Eden Valley varieties. An inherent understanding and respect for provenance together with an ongoing commitment to excellence will ensure the Irvine legacy endures.
Deep dark red in colour. An expressive nose full of summer berries and spice. Medium-bodied with great elegance and restraint. Redcurrant and creamy oak with bright acidity and fine tannin.
Enjoy with pan fried game and roasted potatos
Sourced from Jim Irvines original 90’s plantings, the soil profile does vary over the small blocks, but broadly speaking it is sandy loam over a substrata of gravel. Picking is based on flavour, with an emphasis on maintaining fresh fruit flavours and avoiding overripe jammyness. The grapes are destemmed and vinified in open top fermenters. Gentle pumpovers are done twice a day and the grapes are pressed when tannin and flavour extraction is in balance (in this case 5 to 6 days). The wine is matured in 300 litre hoghead barrels for 12 months. A small component (10%) of lightly toasted new French oak is used, with the balance being 2nd and 3rd fill French and American oak.

Wine Merchant Top 100, Highly Commended, 2022.

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